Arctic Bicycle Club Road Division

Every year the Arctic Bicycle Club Road Division hosts a variety of events and races which are open to men, women, and juniors. Last year ABC-road hosted competitors 12 years and up, in events ranging from 15 to 600 participants. ABC-road hosts several series races as well as weekly stand-alone races in the Anchorage-Eagle River area. When I got started with ABC-road, one thing that really appealed to me was the ability to participate in races depending on my availability and what interested me at the time.

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Being A Beginner—or—The Path To Rock God Status—or—Are We There Yet?

Every soul with a pulse at some point in life has sung along to that one… ok, maybe not with KISS. But who hasn't been inspired when they hear their favorite tunes on the radio or when they see a musician dazzle an audience? Humans are universally mesmerized by the power of music and by performers who catch our ear. Once bitten by the bug, some are ready to launch their own musical pursuits, having dreams of the day they too can begin “dazzling” audiences! You become inspired, and inspiration is key to lighting the fire! You can no longer deny the groove in your soul; you have the determination and desire to be the next Adele, Slash, or Lindsey Sterling!

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In Search of Big Fat Fun

As summer was winding down and we moved into August, it occurred to me…winter is coming. The initial panic was quickly replaced with determined resolve. I decided that this winter, I would have a good time. In recent years, it has been all too easy for me to get bogged down with various mundane responsibilities, causing the winter to slip by in a dark, unenthusiastic blur. Most uniquely-winter activities take planning, preparing, layering, driving and money, all things I feel hesitant to budget for when things are calling from left and right. This year I decided - enough is enough. It’s time to have some fun.

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Iditarod Trail Invitational: 1000-Mile Alaska Foot Race

Not many people can say they have completed the 1000-mile Iditarod race from Seward to Nome. Even fewer, 11 to be exact, can say they traversed the distance on foot. Inspired by Joe Redington Sr., the Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI), has evolved into an event for skiers, fat bikers and runners.

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Your mission: Run 100 miles, in February, in Alaska.

Sarah Hurkett is training to compete in the Susitna 100, and it's not the first time she's doing it. She is training hard with the Chugach Run Team throughout this winter in preparation to finish the 100-mile race this upcoming February.

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Local Music: Will Johnson and Chill Factor

Will Johnson has wanted to play music and perform since he watched Amadeus in second grade. Over the years, that desire to play music and perform has led him to become a well-known figure here in Eagle River and throughout Alaska as both a solo musician and as the front man for a band called “Chill Factor.” The band has performed at events like the Governor’s Ball this past year and at an annual party hosted by Martin Buser, a champion Iditarod musher. At first, though, he wanted to play the violin.

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roject Appleseed is a national organization that strives to teach marksmanship skills and preserve the heritage of the Revolutionary War. Scott Newson thought that Project Appleseed consisted of “a bunch of kids with .22s” until he observed a few clinics. After that he says, “I thought ‘Ok, this is not a bunch of kids with .22s. This is serious, serious marksmanship training!’” After attending a Project Appleseed Clinic in November 2014, Newson was so impressed that he started the two year, intensive process of becoming an instructor. Now, he is one of Appleseed’s two “Shoot Bosses” in Alaska.

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The Alaska Relay

I was running leg 34 out of 36 in The Alaska Relay, a race that started in Mirror Lake and ended in Seward along with my 11 teammates.

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Eagle River- Chugiak Runners Catch Their Stride on Mt. Marathon

More than 100 Eagle River and Chugiak-area runners made a strong showing July 4 in Mount Marathon race—the 90th running of the iconic event.

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Mt Marathon: Ready, Set, Run!

Most Alaskans are familiar with the annual run: every Independence Day sees hundreds of runners clambering up the face of Mt. Marathon in Seward.

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